Lade - mild and sunny, light airs - We have been out and about this past week, in between doing family stuff, but found that very little has changed hereabouts. On the local patch the Teal flock peaked at 200 yesterday, with five Goldeneyes today and a distant singing Song Thrush. A Barn Owl was noted behind the `mirrors` late afternoon a couple of days ago and another at Littlestone golf links on Wednesday evening.
A couple of visits to Dungeness revealed the usual procession of auks, Gannets and divers between the two bays and yesterday three each of Red-breasted Merganser and Velvet Scoter, plus 120 Brent Geese up-Channel.
Elsewhere, the two Long-tailed Ducks were still at Scotney front pits, a pair of Whooper Swans at Swamp Crossing and a flock of 12 Bewick`s Swans rotating between fields at Snargate and Midley. Stopping off on the way back from Folkestone this afternoon two Purple Sandpipers were on the sea defence blocks opposite the Hythe Imperial Hotel.